Why become a Fair Trade Faith Group?
Your faith group is committed to the people, family and lives of the community it serves. It is a key driver of helping others through various events, activities and programs, and lends its voice and support to broader issues that concern all its congregants.
Fair Trade Faith Groups make the connection between trade and poverty and commit to using Fairtrade products including tea and coffee. Making these products available at all gatherings and activities sends a clear message of living the values that the faith group stands for. A Faith Group designation offers:
- Opportunities for congregants of all ages to engage with and learn about fair trade
- A certificate for your Faith Group from Fairtrade Canada to showcase your fair trade commitment to your congregants and visitors
- Recognition within the local community along with other Fair Trade designated faith groups
- Evidence of your commitment to helping others within and beyond your community
How to get started
The Fair Trade Faith Group designation is awarded to faith groups that meet all the criteria within these three requirements:
1 - Committee
A Fair Trade Committee must be formed by members and leaders of the congregation to ensure continued commitment to the Fair Trade Faith Group designation.
2 - Product Availability
There must be available for both congregants and visitors Fairtrade certified coffee, tea and a third product from a different category, such as sugar, chocolate, or bananas. Our Canadian Fairtrade Purchasing Guide can be used by retailers and community groups to source Fairtrade certified products.
3- Visibility and Awareness
The faith group must be promoting its fair trade commitment by having promotional and informational material available to both congregants and visitors.
Refer to these Fair Trade Faith Group resource materials to help inform and educate those in your Faith Group who want to get started.
If you have questions or require additional information, contact Fairtrade Canada, the Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN), or the Association Québécoise du Commerce Équitable (AQCÉ) to learn more.